UV Coating is a tough clear-coat applied over printed materials to 1) protect against scratches, tears and fingerprints and 2) enhance the brilliance of the ink colors.
UV coating is a process whereby a polymer resin changes from a liquid to a solid with the help of an ultraviolet light source. UV coating can be a direct replacement for lamination and provides a protective covering that adds value to any document, increasing the vibrancy and richness of its colours (as well as protection from scratching and fingerprints). UV coating may be applied as a gloss, semi-gloss, matte, high-gloss, or in some cases with a special roller as a textured finish to many common applications – such as books covers, brochures, menus, postcards and calendars.
UV Coating is recommended for printed pieces which will be handled frequently, such as presentation folders, the covers of paperback books and some types of business cards. It is also recommended for promotional pieces that aim to grab attention, such as flagship brochures and direct mail postcards.
UV Coating pros and cons:
1. Low per unit cost
2. Coating may be applied to cut sheets, which means no additional trimming of laminate material from the edges
3. High Speed
1. More expensive capital expenditure
2. Requires ventilation and high power consumption
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